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The Saugatuck Scoop - 5/17/24

Saugie Spotlight

This week, we shine our Saugie Spotlight on…all of the local businesses that donated generously to make our  National Teacher Appreciation Week so memorable last week. One of the highlights for the staff (and students) at SES was the daily raffle of prizes at the end of each day. Please join us in thanking these local businesses in person the next time you visit any (or all) of the following:

Groceries: Stew Leonard's; Stop and Shop; Trader Joe’s

Restaurants: Little Barn; Bar Taco; Rizzuto's; Tutti's; Black Duck; Mexicue; Pizza Lyfe; Sherwood Diner

Coffee Shops & Light Bites: Aux Delices; Granola Bar; GG & Joe's; Mrs. London's; Dunkin' Donuts; Gopher Ice Cream Shop; Bridgewater Chocolates

Beauty: W Hair Salon; Blow Dry Westport; Greg & Tony's Hair Salon; Studio Pop Hair Salon; Finesse Nails & Spa

Shopping: Blue Mercury; Lululemon; Toy Post

Exercise: Pure Bar; Orange Theory

Other: Avelo Airlines 

Special thanks: The Home Cook CT supplied a wonderful staff luncheon

Saugie’s Checklist

  • Join your children on the track TODAY at 7:45am for the Walk-A-Thon before school family walking event. The Running Club will be there, too!
  • The year is almost over and it’s time to check the lost and found for your missing items. 
  • Next week’s lunch menu is here.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, May 20, 7:30pm DEI Meeting - Westport Public Library
Tuesday, May 21, 9-10am or 1-2pm SES Mini K - Session 1&2
Wednesday, May 22, 8:45am Transition to 6th Grade Panel - SES Library
Thursday, May 23, 9-10am or 1-2pm SES Mini K - Session 3&4
Friday, May 24, 7:45am SES Running Club - SES Track


Save the Date

Monday, May 27 Memorial Day - No School
Tuesday, May 28, 9am SES Memorial Day Celebration - SES Field
Tuesday, May 28, 9:45am GPTA Meeting - SES Cafeteria
Friday, May 31 SES Field Day - SES Field
Friday, June 7, 7:45am SES Running Club - SES Track


PTA Events and Activities

SES Running Club - May 10th-June 7th, every Friday morning at 7:45am (SES Track) 

Meet us on the track every Friday morning at 7:45am from May 10th through June 7th (with the exception of May 31st) for our spring program! K-2 students must be accompanied by an adult. Sign Up Here!

Questions? Contact Amanda Pfohl

Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser extended to Monday, May 20th

Due to rain this past Wednesday, Walk-A-Thon will have a make-up day on Monday, May 20th during recess. It’s one last chance for the kids to get in those laps before the cards come home! We need parent volunteers for this added day. Click here to sign up for Monday!

5th Grade Families - Transition to 6th Grade Panel, Wed. May 22nd at 8:45am (SES Library)

Attention all 5th grade parents! Have questions about middle school? Wondering about technology use, time management, cell phones, clubs, and more? Please mark your calendars for May 22 at 8:45am in the SES Library. Facilitated by SES parents who have made this transition before, we will be hosting a panel conversation to openly discuss the transition from parents' perspectives. You can submit any questions you have in advance here. We are also offering a Google Meet link for this meeting for those who want to participate but may not be able to attend in person. Or you can dial: ‪(US) +1 904-900-0595 PIN: ‪960 103 290#

General PTA Meeting - Tuesday, May 28th, immediately following the Memorial Day Celebration 

Please join us in the cafeteria immediately following the Memorial Day celebration. We will vote on the SLATE of volunteers for next school year 2024-2025. We will also have a special guest - Superintendent Tom Scarice! This will be an opportunity to engage with the superintendent in a casual setting and ask any questions you may have about the district. Please RSVP here so Mr. Howard can pre-print your visitor tag.

Calling all Parents of Current 4th Graders! Join a 5th Grade Event Committee!

The following positions need to be filled to ensure our rising 5th-grade class has a final year of elementary school full of fun and special memories:

  • NEW! Co-Chair of Fifth Grade Events (works with Past President Nat Smitobol!)
  • Fifth Grade Moving Up Cake Celebration (2-3 people)
  • Fifth Grade Party/Sealabration (2-4 people)
  • Fifth Grade Slideshow  (5 people)
  • Fifth Grade T-Shirts  (2 people)
  • Fifth Grade Yearbook (5 people)
  • Fifth Grade Photographers (4-5 people)
  • Fifth Grade Halloween/Fall Party (2 people)
  • Fifth Grade Pumpkin Contest (2 people)

Please add your name to an open spot on the SignUp Genius here

Please click here to access the description of roles, and email Jaclyn Carbino with any questions!

2024-2025 PTA Volunteers Needed

Volunteers! The PTA needs YOU! The following volunteer opportunities are now OPEN for the 2024-2025 school year! Let's ensure our students have a year full of FUN and special memories. Please VOLUNTEER for one of these open roles! Reach out to Kelly Herman to sign up OR to request for more information. You can also read through each job description here.


  • Halloween Movie Night/Party: (Fall)

  • Spring/Fall Faculty Luncheon: (Aug/Sep and May/June)

  • Logo Wear

  • K-4 Yearbook: (Apr-Jun)

  • Ice Skating Party: (Nov-Jan/Feb) 

  • Election Day Bake Sale: (Sep-Nov)

  • Bingo Night: (Jan-Mar) 

  • Rise & Read

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee

DEI Committee Updates - Next Meeting May 20th, 7:30pm (Westport Public Library)

There is no doubt that both AAPI and Jewish American leaders have played and continue to play significant roles in the shaping of US history, society and culture.  Did you know that William Tong, our State Attorney General here in Connecticut, is the first Asian American to hold any statewide office? He was elected in 2006. Click here to learn more about some of our important Jewish American leaders, too.

Upcoming DEI Events around Town:

  • Mon. May 20th, 7:30pm: Next DEI Committee Meeting (Westport Public Library)

We welcome and encourage people of all ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations and abilities. In order to “be the change” we must understand each other. The best way to understand is through dialogue. If you are curious about the group but don’t think it’s for you for any reason, please reach out to one of the chairs to learn more. If you have questions, suggested topics, or want to become more involved, please email the SES DEI Chairs: Helen BomierBrooke Craemer, and Eric Cheung.

Books As Gifts - Ongoing

Thank you to all who have donated to the “Books As Gifts” program. We are accepting donations through the end of the year! If you donated a book and your child did not receive it, please reach out to Leah Crane or Kerri Joller. We would love to check it out to them before the end of the year, and give them a special Saugie bookmark.

The “Books As Gifts” program offers friends and families of SES students an opportunity to support our library by dedicating a special library book to their child. It’s the perfect time of year to honor a child's accomplishment of moving up, or thank a teacher by donating a book in their name. Choose a book from the SES Library’s Amazon Wishlist and fill out this form to let us know how you would like the bookplate to be inscribed. Once the book arrives at SES, your child will be the first to check it out and share it with their family. The book will become a part of the SES library for everyone to enjoy for years to come. See the flyer for more information. 

Questions? Email Leah Crane or Kerri Joller. Please note that no family will be denied participation due to the inability to pay. Contact Principal Messler for confidential financial support.

Kindergarten Families - Sign up to volunteer at recess

There are plenty of spots open for the rest of 2024! Volunteer for kindergarten recess duty here

Contribute to the PTA

Label Daddy Proceeds Benefit the SES PTA - Ongoing

Looking for a way to be reunited with future lost items faster while benefiting the PTA? Visit Label Daddy to order your very own stick-on name tags and the SES PTA will receive a portion of all sales.

SES Updates

Check the Art Website for Ongoing Updates

Ms. Lasto shares exciting updates from the art room of our budding artists. Be sure to check out the latest information and some art samples on her website here.

District Updates

Kindergarten Registration is Open - NEW State Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2024, Connecticut requires that children turn five years old on or before September 1 of the school year in order to enroll in kindergarten. However, because of the timing of this change and the challenges this may cause families, Westport Public Schools has developed the following transitional plan for the 2024-25 school year:

Any child who is not five years old on or before September 1, 2024 but turns five before January 1, 2025, may be admitted to kindergarten upon written request by the child’s parent or guardian to the school principal. 

If you have further questions about this process, please contact Principal Beth Messler. Read the full press release here.

District DEI Site - available here

Around Town

Digital Community Bulletin Board - live now and regularly updated!

The district has launched a digital bulletin board that will share all the non-school related activities (think Staples Players performances, sports clinics, Westport Library presentations, and more) relevant for elementary school students and will be updated regularly. Be sure to check it out! If you are interested in submitting something for the bulletin board, please contact Allison O’Dell or Nat Smitobol.

Stay Informed – Long Lots School Building Project

Check here for updates on the LLS Building Project as shared by the LLS PTA Presidents.

Scoop of Thanks to...

…our Walk-A-Thon coordinators Kristin, Budden, Heidi Saltzman and Victoria McDonald for planning this year’s fundraiser benefiting Filling In The Blanks. Additional thanks to all of the parent and staff volunteers who kept track of laps during recess. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you!

…our Student Leadership Council and their staff advisors, Ms. Locke and Ms. Marino, for selecting the charity for this year’s fundraiser, and for leading the opening program on Monday. 

…our SES students for their dedication to fundraising during this year’s Walk-A-Thon! 

Helpful Resources 

Click here for helpful resources such as past Scoops, SDM, My School Bucks, and becoming a PTA member.

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